Interdiscplinary team processes within an in-home service delivery organization.

Abstract

Interdisciplinary teamwork is particularly difficult to achieve in the community context where geographical separateness and solo practices impede face to face contact and collaborative practice. Understanding the processes that occur within interdisciplinary teams is imperative, since client outcomes are influenced by interdisciplinary teamwork. The purpose of this exploratory study was to describe the processes that occur within interdisciplinary teams that deliver in-home care. Applying grounded theory methodology, the researcher conducted unstructured in-depth interviews with a purposeful sample of healthcare providers and used constant comparative analysis to elicit the findings. Findings revealed three key team processes: networking, navigating, and aligning. The descriptions afford several insights that are applicable to in-home healthcare agencies attempting to achieve effective interdisciplinary team functioning.

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@article{Gantert2004InterdiscplinaryTP, title={Interdiscplinary team processes within an in-home service delivery organization.}, author={Thomas W Gantert and Carol L. McWilliam}, journal={Home health care services quarterly}, year={2004}, volume={23 3}, pages={1-17} }